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    Gallium Scan Conditions

    Gallium Scan, What is a gallium scan? A gallium scan is a type of nuclear medicine, or radionuclide scan. In a gallium scan a tiny amount of radioactive...

    MRCP Scan Conditions

    MRCP Scan, The pictures from the scan are studied by an X-ray doctor (a radiologist) who sends a report to the doctor who requested the scan. Are there any side-effects or compli...

    DMSA Scan Conditions

    DMSA Scan, How does a DMSA scan work? A DMSA scan is a type of radionuclide scan . A radionuclide (sometimes called a radioisotope or isotope) is a chemical whi...

    PET Scan Conditions

    PET Scan, What is a PET scan? PET stands for positron emission tomography. A PET scan produces three-dimensional, colour images of your body using radionuclides. , heart...

    Ultrasound Scan Conditions

    Ultrasound Scan, You may be asked not to eat for several hours before a scan of the abdomen. Occasionally for some scans, you may be given an enema to clear the bowel. ...

    DEXA Scan Conditions

    DEXA Scan, You do not need to do any special preparation prior to a DEXA scan. Who should have a DEXA scan? A DEXA scan may be advised if you are at increas...

    CT Scan Conditions

    CT Scan, CT stands for computerised tomography. A CT scan, also known as a CAT scan, is a specialised X-ray test.  It can give quite clear pictures of the in...

    MRI Scan Conditions

    MRI Scan, What is an MRI scan? MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. An MRI scan uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create pictures, on a computer, of t...

    Bone Scan Conditions

    Bone Scan, You will be asked to drink plenty of water between the injection and the scan. What should I expect after a bone scan? Bone scans do not generall...

    To scan or not to scan? Blog

    To scan or not to scan?, The magnets are inside a tube, and you need to lie in this tube for a quarter of an hour to one and a half hours, depending on the areas being scanned. C...

    Myocardial Perfusion Scan Conditions

    Myocardial Perfusion Scan, A radionuclide that concentrates in heart muscle is used for a myocardial perfusion scan. Other scans that use different radionuclides include a b...

    Endoscopic Ultrasound Scan Conditions

    Endoscopic Ultrasound Scan, An endoscopic ultrasound scan uses an endoscope with an ultrasound probe attached to create detailed pictures of internal organs and structures. , ga...

    Radionuclide (Isotope) Scan Conditions

    Radionuclide (Isotope) Scan, These areas of activity are seen as 'hot spots' on the scan picture. See separate leaflet called Bone Scan for more details . A kidn...

    Thyroid Scans and Uptake Tests Conditions

    Thyroid Scans and Uptake Tests, What are thyroid scans and uptake tests? Thyroid scans and uptake tests use small doses of radioactive chemicals to create special picture...

    Nuclear Cardiology and Other Cardiac Scans Professional

    Nuclear Cardiology and Other Cardiac Scans, Commonly uses technetium 99m  stannous pyrophosphate concentrating in damaged myocardial cells for 'hot-spot' scanning. Scans...

    Computerised Tomography (CT) Scans Professional

    Computerised Tomography (CT) Scans, Types of computerised tomography scanning There are essentially two types of CT scans: Conventional CT scan - the scan...

    Private body scans - doing more harm than good? Blog

    Private body scans - doing more harm than good?, Should we be reassured, or is there a risk not just to our bank balances but also to our health from these scans? Body scans...

    Cancer in the headlines – a new era for prostate scans? Blog

    Cancer in the headlines – a new era for prostate scans?, It’s not ideal – it can be difficult to find the cancerous tissue accurately using this technique; it’s an unpleasant procedure to go ...

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging Professional

    Types On an MRI scan some tissues appear to be brighter or darker than other tissues. Darkness depends on the density of protons in that area - an increased density being associated with a...

    CT Colonography Conditions

    You will be asked to stay as still as possible, as otherwise the scan pictures may be blurred. The scan can take about 5-30 minutes, depending on which part (or parts) of the body is...

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